The Cure for America’s Obesity Epidemic: Stop Sitting! Says KI Furniture

Company’s height-adjustable sit/stand desks increase worker health, productivity

More than one-third of American adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wisconsin-based KI Furniture has come up with a novel way to beat the epidemic—stand up at work!

Our desk jobs are largely to blame for our burgeoning waistlines,” said Dick Resch, CEO of KI Furniture. “Standing more during the workday can help us drop pounds, improve blood flow, and even be more productive.”

Indeed, a 200-pound male who stands at work for two hours per day will burn 30 percent more calories than he would sitting in a chair at his desk. According to the American Cancer Society, women who sit for more than six hours a day raise their chances of dying over a 13-year period by 37 percent.

KI makes all sorts of innovative products that can help employees stand up at work—and remain productive. KI’s WorkUp Adjustable Table, for example, allows a person to raise or lower his work surface to his height—whether seated or standing—at the push of a button.

“Companies should consider offering height-adjustable sit/stand desks for their employees,” said Resch. “If these designs were good enough for Leonardo da Vinci, Donald Rumsfeld, and Winston Churchill, they’re good enough for Americans in 2013.”

To learn more about the benefits of standing, check out this video from KI:

To learn more about the sit/stand solutions KI offers, check out this video from KI: